DescriptionFamed Chicano novelist Rudolfo Anaya was greatly influenced by the heroic life of labor and civil rights activist César Chávez. After Chávez' death in 1993, Anaya wrote this elegy eulogizing the man and his life's work. Echoing Shelley's elegy on the death of John Keats, the poem expresses the grief of la gente, but closes by calling all peoples together to continue his non-violent struggle for freedom and justice. The book, which has been endorsed by the César Chávez Foundation, includes an essay by Anaya detailing the effect that Chávez had on his own vision and a chronology of Chávez' life. Powerful illustrations by Gaspar Enriquez bring home the significance of César Chávez to the American cultural experience.
Each one of us has a role in building the "house of justice." Each one of us must make a commitment to build a better society. Yes, we must organize. We must work together. We must fight against oppression. In this way we honor César and all the good men and women who have struggled to better our lives.—Rudolfo Anaya